Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says that although the writers of the The Simpsons are "mostly a bunch of lefties," the show is "less liberal" because they make fun of everyone.
"Frankly, the writers are just funny. Now, look—they are mostly a bunch of lefties. But you know what's interesting, even people who are consciously on the left, in some ways, The Simpsons was less liberal than just about everything else on TV. Because all of the rest of TV was shameless propaganda and the Simpsons would make fun of everyone." the senator from Texas told Redkudzu.com in Georgia this weekend.
"They would make fun of Democrats, they would make fun of Republicans," he added.
Cruz was asked what makes people who grew up in the 80's and 90's "connect" with The Simpsons. Last week, Cruz's performed a number of impressions of The Simpsons in a BuzzFeed video.
Cruz added he enjoyed an episode where grandpa realized he had been getting royalties from Itchy and Scratchy -- a show he had nothing to do with -- because "the Democrats were back in power."
"You know, I'm reminded of a great episode, where grandpa had been receiving royalties for years from Itchy and Scratchy, even though he had nothing to do with Itchy and Scratchy. And Lisa asked him, and said well grandpa didn't you think it was strange that you were receiving money for not doing anything. And grandpa says, no Lisa, I just figured the Democrats were back in power. "
The senator said that even though the Simpson siblings often fought they were tied together by love and ""that is what a family is all about."
"Look all families have tension," said Cruz. "Show me siblings that don't fight and I'll show you people who are hollywood actors pretending to be siblings. Families have tensions but even in the Simpsons, at the end of the day, there is love that ties that family together that ties Homer and Marge and Lisa and Bart and little baby Maggie together. And that is what it takes—that is what a family is all about. Is the love between us."
Megan Apper is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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